By Idith Zertal

The ghost of the Holocaust is ever found in Israel, within the lives and nightmares of the survivors and within the absence of the sufferers. during this compelling and irritating research, Idith Zertal, a number one member of the recent iteration of revisionist historians in Israel, considers the methods Israel has used the reminiscence of the Holocaust to outline and legitimize its life and politics. Drawing on quite a lot of resources, the writer exposes the pivotal function of the Holocaust in Israel's public sphere, in its undertaking of country development, its politics of strength and its notion of the clash with the Palestinians. She argues that the centrality of the Holocaust has resulted in a tradition of loss of life and victimhood that permeates Israel's society and self-image. For the up to date paperback version of the booklet, Tony Judt, the world-renowned historian and political commentator, has contributed a foreword during which he writes of Zertal's braveness, the originality of her paintings, and the 'unforgiving honesty with which she appears to be like on the ethical situation of her personal country'.

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